Backyard Organic Container Vegetable Garden Perfect for People Who Rent

John: Alright, this is John Kohler with,
today I have another exciting episode for you and this is a visit to a viewer’s house.
I love when I get to go on field trips and visit viewers, that are also growing food.
Actually it was really cool to know that I’m inspiring many people out there and maybe
even you guys out there and that people are growing food because of me. But not only that
I love visiting viewer’s houses to see what everybody’s doing, because everybody might
not grow exactly like I do. What I do works for me, but there’s many ways to grow food,
and at this homeowner’s place, well they’re not growing in their front yard, actually
this is the best side of the house to actually get sunlight but the problem with the front
yard is that they have a few trees here that they don’t wanna cut down. So I’d probably
encourage them to at least hack down one of the trees to grow some crops in the place
where its gonna get the most sun. So what they’re doing instead is growing in the
backyard and uh you know, if you’re a homeowner generally you don’t have a problem building
raised beds and you know putting in and making improvements to your land to do what you want
with your property and you know they didn’t necessarily wanna do that here so actually
they’re growing in all containers which is quite a unique thing. Now whether you’re
renting or owning you can always grow in containers they’re easily moveable and you know they
have a few reasons for doing this so what we’re gonna do next is actually head into
the backyard and show you guys what’s growing on in this viewer’s house. Now we’re inside the backyard and here is
the garden you can see behind me and literally all it is, it’s in 15 gallon containers
and you know its on top of pallets and this cool structure for a trellis. Now you might
be asking yourself “John, why would homeowners have a garden like this, it’s just in pots.”
Well there’s a few good reasons for that, number 1: say its May and you should have
had your plants in already, and you wanna grow a garden but you don’t have to like
start building the raised beds, constructing them, screwing, drilling, sawing. Then you
gotta worry about filling them up and you know you might have to make one too big and
it might not be just the right area that you want cause the sun might not hit it properly
or whatever. So what they came up with, as a solution is this! They’ve literally got
15-gallon pots and filled it up with soil cause each pot can be moved to where the sun
is if they needed to. They put it on top of pallets so that you know the grass wouldn’t
grow up through and the roots wouldn’t grow down into the grass. And so they could also
move the pallets and they get it off the ground to you know uh resist the insects, the slugs
and snails, which are pretty prevalent in this garden. They say they haven’t had any
damage to their plants because it’s off the ground, and in pots, which is really cool.
And so and they’re growing a lot of stuff. So what we’re gonna do next is actually
show you guys just some of the things that are growing. Its pretty much the end of the
summer season, they’ve still got a few things hanging on, but mostly we’re gearing up
towards the fall and winter garden. And here in Northern California, you can definitely
grow year-round. And you wanna grow your greens, just like my channel name growingyourgreens!
You wanna grow your greens in the wintertime; you can easily grow greens all throughout
the winter here in Northern California. So let’s take a look at a few of the summer
crops that are hanging on and all the winter greens and varieties, a few I’ve never seen
before that’s happening in this backyard. Alright, I know you might be thinking, “John,
what’s that crazy structure here that they’ve got happening?” Well this is a unique trellising
system that they came up with. You know it’s basically a fairly inexpensive, and once again
disassemble-able and move-able system, just in case they wish to do something later with
it. They’re basically using some standard, construction grade 2×4’s nothing special.
They’ve got a couple Simpson strong-ties to lock in the corners, so it’s a nice stable
structure. I don’t know that I’d climb up there, but its definitely gonna hold the
support beams up there. And then they basically have this stuff right here; this is the nylon
trellis netting that I like so much. I’ve had previous episodes on it. It comes in a
little package and then it unfurls into a four foot by I don’t know eight or a fifteen
foot or even thirty foot section and usually I use them going the other direction but they’re
putting them up all the way. And you can see here they’ve got some nice Japanese cucumbers
growing up the trellis here. Two plants, ones actually topping out and still flowering out
here. They have already pulled out their tomatoes this year and still got some peppers hanging
on here. We’ve got probably another month of growing here depending on the weather for
the summer crops. But aside from that they’ve started planting out their wintergreens. So
what we’re gonna do next is actually go over how they have this system laid out including
the irrigation because that’s very important for you guys. I encourage you guys to make
a full complete system. So that you have the greatest possibility of success when growing
your own food, so what is a system, a system is something that’s gonna work no matter
what. If you show up or not. I wanna job where I can shop up to work or not! Anyways, so
uh what we’re gonna do next is, we’re actually gonna start actually at the uh hose
bin and show you guys what they have to control their system and then we’re gonna show you
the specific drip irrigation that they have happening to make all of this get watered,
whether they’re here or not. When putting in a raised bed garden or even
just a container garden like this one I highly encourage you guys to put in an irrigation
the first time otherwise you gotta come home you gotta water you gotta remember to water
and you, basically you’re married to your garden cause you can’t go on vacation, because
if you don’t water, WHO IS GONNA WATER? So, something like this, a drip irrigation
that’s gonna save you water and actually water automatically is very important and
critical to have in my opinion. So you can see here they’ve got this standard hose
bib and this is their hose, when it comes out bit you usually put a hose in here to
hand water which they do have. It goes through a pressure regulator, this is very important
for a drip system to regulate the pressure. I personally do with ball valves or you could
just get a standard pressure regulator that will drop down the pressure to say 25PSI and
then they have basically a converter to basically take it from one into four so they can have
one into the hose and one into a water timer. This is a very important device that controls
when your watering system will come on so that you don’t have to be around. Just make
sure to change your batteries every once in awhile, you know to keep it running cause
you know if your batteries run out then the system won’t work anymore. Sometimes they
use a 9 volt and sometimes they use the double A’s and actually I prefer the water timers
that have a ball valve, they are a lot more uh durable than the ones that have the other
kind of valves, the diaphragm valves. So uh, basically the water comes in there’s a little
valve in here that controls the on and off there’s the little batteries and when its
time it will go on and then the water will go out this blue hose here and transfer into
the drip system. So let’s go ahead and shows you where it transfers out here out of the
blue line and then into the drip system. How it does that and how actually also, something
else they have in line that you may also wanna buy as well. So they have that blue hose that
goes through like a particulate filter and then it goes into a green hose which is this
guy right here. And actually they’re using some good quality hose I discourage you guys
from using stuff like vinyl tubing. Vinyl tubing is made out of PVC or polyvinyl chloride,
not a good hose to be using. I highly encourage you guys to use rubber hoses whenever possible.
My favorite rubber hose is a standard craftsman rubber hose; they have a stainless steel end.
They’re very indestructible and they have lifetime guarantee. In any case, it goes out
of the blue hose into the green hose, and then they go into this guy right here. This
is actually called the ‘Garden Grow’ garden dechloro-nator with replaceable cartridge
by ‘Rain Shower’ so I had one of these guys or filters on a recent episode, I don’t
know about four episodes back or what not and these guys can rang in price anywhere
from 40 to 100 dollars, the one that I recommended a couple shows ago was about 40 bucks and
I think this is an excellent device to have. Its gonna basically take out the chlorine
out of your water, now these things are effective with chloramine, that’s a different thing
entirely. But these are effective with chlorine, they take the chlorine out, cause the chlorine
is added to the water to disinfect it so that we don’t get waterborne diseases like amoebas
and crypto(spridium)? And bacterias and whatnot, so we have sterile water, but the problem
is the chlorine can negatively impact your soil and your soil microbes and beneficial
fungis and bacterias in the soil. So we don’t want that so, we definitely wanna get a garden
dechloro-nator. In addition on their standard line, on this
side, which is their standard garden hose, they also have a dechloro-nator also. So I
highly recommend you guys to dechloro-nate your water and filter your water before putting
it on your garden for the best results and you don’t have to do this but I highly encourage
you guys to do this. And I filter all the water the goes on my garden because my garden
is that important to me. They have after the filter here is where the hose goes in and
then out of the filter it has a little adaptor that is just a standard threads for a garden
hose but then it converts it down into the drip emitter tubing and I think they’re
using half inch tubing and then this tubing runs to the different beds or their containers
that they have. Each bed is like one pallet or a set of pallets that they have stacked
up together. So next we’re gonna show you guys how that runs, and then how it actually
runs into each fifteen-gallon pot. We’re following the irrigation which is
this pipe right here. This is actually not a pipe it’s an edging which actually runs
out right here and then their tubing goes right here and you know pretty much just like
when you gotta plug in a few appliances you have know like a uh multiple outlet strip
well with hose irrigation you’ve got splitters, so basically you ‘T’ this off, this is
literally a ‘t’ and uh they ‘t’ it off right here, it goes and continues on this
direction. And goes over to the beds over there with those containers. And then they
uh ‘t’ed off and this goes this ways and they have an uh valve on it, so like if they
wanna turn off watering this bed cause its getting enough water for whatever reason they
could do that. So I highly encourage you guys to do that, to use some valves in line so
you could turn off certain beds when needed. This can also reduce the pressure and flow
if you don’t want to water as much this is a ball, ball valve, so you can turn it
all the way. All the way is off like that and if you turn it like that direction its
gonna reduce the water pressure a little bit. But uh we’re gonna leave it on cause that’s
the way I found it. It then goes over and then goes up into this bed, as you could see
and then basically this is the main feeder line. So they’re using the half-inch and
then the convert down into the quarter inch spaghetti tubing. Now, while I don’t like
this tubing, they found it to be the best for their specific application and this spaghetti
tubing has built in emitters every six inches. And uh this seems to be working great for
them. And they have different spaghetti tubing going for each separate row, and then in the
case like this, they pop the spaghetti tubing up and then it goes, up, up, up, up, up, up
over and then they bend it over each of the lips here of the container, the fifteen gallon
containers and then they make a little circle loop thing. So this little circle loop thing
is probably I don’t know about 14 inches in diameter and then there’s little drip
emitters every six inches here so it actually makes a good radius and actually will drip
this one container fairly well. And basically all the lines that they have
here, here’s where it ‘t’s off again. One goes one way and one goes the other way
and they’ve got a whole bunch of these t’s and they’ve laid it out pretty good and
once again, doing this above ground, as long as you don’t kick it and it doesn’t get
knocked or anything is definitely a good thing to do because it’s a you know it’s a non-committal
garden. If you have commitment issues you can do the aboveground drip emitter just don’t
kick it or trip over it and it should work out fine for many years. And once again you
can see here they’re just t’ing off and going up with this spaghetti tubing and have
that little circle here. And then they’ve mulched conveniently with leaves and that
can definitely conserve water in your garden. So you guys just saw how the irrigation system
was put in now water is probably one of the most important things for your plants just
to keep them alive, just like we need water, we’re 75% water, plants also have a very
high water content, so we gotta keep them watered. And I highly encourage you guys to
put in an irrigation system. So aside from the water, we’re gonna show you actually
how they’re doing it here and how they’re growing all these beautiful vegetables in
the backyard. So the first thing they is they actually decided where they wanna put it and
figured that out, and then they got some cardboard and this is a technique called ‘sheet mulching’,
literally you’re mulching with cardboard over sections of grass to basically smother
the grass out, so the grass doesn’t grow through the cardboard. Then they laid down
a standard shipping pallet. These may be available on craigslist for free or maybe your local
work has a ton of extra pallets they don’t need. And what the pallet does, this provides
a layer of, number one air circulation, but number two it’s a layer of protection so
basically the grass and things can’t grow up into the pot and the things in the pot,
the roots and what won’t grow out of the pot and then into the ground. Also it is really
beneficial for isolating your plants from uh bugs and pests. They say they don’t get
any bug or slug damage because it is isolate off the ground like this. So I definitely
think that’s very smart and I haven’t seen it done like this anywhere before. Next they have your standard 15 gallon nursery
pot, if you go to like a Big Box store these guys can be very expensive but if you order
them online or go to a specialty nursery store you can often times get these for very inexpensive.
Even better yet, call up some local landscapers and in your area and ask them “hey what
do you guys do with the uh you know some of the pots you put the trees in after you plant
the trees out, can you save em for me?” and you know a lot of those guys burn through
trees cause they’re putting in landscapes and they have all these extra pots and a lot
of times they just chuck them out but maybe you could get them for free and literally
have a free garden that way. Some of these pots are really nice, they hold 15 gallons
and when you’re growing for vegetables basically you need a nice wide diameter pot as wide
as possible and you really don’t need it that deep. These are probably actually too
deep but these are the closest size that they could find probably with a good circumference
and also not too deep of a depth. You pretty much don’t need anything more than about
12 inches in my opinion and anything over that, these are probably I don’t know uh
18 or so that’s alright but you may be wasting extra soil cause the plants aren’t necessarily
gonna root down that deeply. So they’ve got a 15-gallon nursery pot, nice wide diameter
and what they’re growing in each pot is a little bit different. This one actually
they have Brussels sprouts, a nice healthy looking plant here and along the edges around
the Brussels sprouts which are growing up in the middle, they’ve got some beets growing
so this is a very good way to basically you know maximize the use of your space by growing
on thing in the center and other things around, looks like they’ve got around six beets
around the outside ring and one collard green in the middle. I guess over in this next container
here they got a tree collard, with two Swiss chard plants growing and each one has a little
bit different things happening in it. Next what we’re gonna do is show you some
of the varieties of things that are growing here in these containers very successfully.
These containers this is part of their summer garden still and some of these guys right
here these are pepper plants and they’ve got these cool trellis system here, just a
very simple plastic trellis system. This guy looks like its got some really nice, large
California peppers on there, bell peppers, maybe some California Wonders something like
that. And this container or 15 gallon pot has one plant in it. The one behind actually
has two plants in it. It looks like those are actually doing quite well. You might even
be able to fit three pepper plants in here, if you space them right I think that’d probably
work pretty well. And this one just has a single pepper plant here. Now its very important
when growing in a very small confined, tight space, to put a trellis on right when you
put the plant, the plant start because if you put it on later it might be a pain in
the butt, it might not even work that well and you might even end up breaking the plants.
So they’ve used some trellises very well here. It looks like it’s about the right
height that it needs to be, so that’s really cool and then another thing that they’re
using is, they’re using some mulch. So they’ve got different wood chips on top for the mulch,
also tree bark and leaves. In this container they probably had some other thing from a
summer crop, probably tomatoes for example and they’re starting to plant the fall slash
winter garden they’ve got some Brussels sprouts in this one. So if you’ve got a
hankering for some Brussels sprouts, plant some! They’re already starting to plan out
for the fall and winter which is definitely a wise thing to do now while hasn’t gotten
too cold yet. If you wait too long to plant your fall slash winter garden its gonna get
too cold and things aren’t quite gonna grow as fast. You really wanna get that winter
garden in now especially if you live in Northern California and you know things will have about
a month to grow really well and get to a nice large point where its photosynthesizing a
lot cause its got a lot of leaves before it starts to get really cold and not as much
sun. So yeah establish your winter garden now like they’re doing here. This is some
Brussels sprouts, you might be thinking “Hey John, that doesn’t look like the Brussels
sprouts” because the Brussels sprouts you know and I know look like little small cabbages
right in the store but when a plants young it just has some leaves like collard greens
and guess what, even though this is Brussels sprouts that doesn’t have the sprouts on
it you can still eat the leaves and they’re Brussels sprouts greens. I like to juice them
or actually blend them up. Over in this area what they’ve got are actually
some of my favorite crops in the whole wide world and that’s this guy right here towering
up above everything else. These guys are probably about three or four feet tall, and these are
the tree collard, these are the perennial tree collards, they’ll grow year round here
and they’re getting quite tall. At some point they may want to top them off that will
actually encourage more side shoot. It looks like this plant does have a lot of good side
shoot coming out to produce more leaves. In addition you know making the most of your
space is really important whether you’re growing in a raised bed or even containers.
So while many might just have one tree collard per 15-gallon pot, not only do they have a
tree collard in the middle, they also have celeriac or celery root along the bottom.
They’ve got one, two, three, four, five plants along the bottom here, and this is
basically the celery root. And the celery root you can eat, that’s also called celeriac.
But you could also use the celery just like celery and the celery that you’ll get, if
you’ll notice on the video there its nice dark green leaves like if you go to buy celery
in the store its always almost like a yellowish color and I don’t know that’s up with
that cause celery should always be this dark and really rich in chlorophyll. I consider
celery another really good leafy green you can eat. Now while I don’t like eating the
celery leaves, they have a funny flavor, I might juice them up, but I like to harvest
them, these celery stalks, I like to chop them up or just eat them straight off the
plant. They taste so good like its just like how celery should be tasting. Not like the
flavorless stuff you buy from the grocery store. That’s just yet another reason to
grow your own food. Besides all the containers in this back yard
they also have a pre-existing raised bed that may or may not have been growing vegetables
before. So they literally filled it up with some good organic compost and made some amendments
like the worm castings and they’ve grown a lot of stuff in here as well. Looks like
they’re spacing things out really well here with the square foot garden method. They’ve
got some tat soy here about six plants and literally just this few square feet. They
grow really close and that’s another excellent winter vegetable they should be growing now.
Looks like they’ve also got things like broccoli and kale and collard greens and chard
and herbs and even some lettuce down there too. And I like that there’s, there’s
actually a humming bird down there getting some nectar from the borage plant and they’ve
got some nasturtium crawling up along the trellis along the house. Another reason they may be doing the containers
and on the pallets to get them off the ground is because they have some dogs and as you
can see the dog is currently digging in the ground there making quite a mess and if raised
bed, if the dog would jump in the raised bed and start digging up all your plants that’d
be no fun so definitely having them in some containers off the ground will definitely
keep your pets off and I know for you guys that have cats. Like cats will use your raised
beds literally as a litter box, you know if there’s nothing growing in there. Some ways
around that are basically grow things in there and grow them densely so they won’t go in
there, or you could use the welded wire fencing over the top cause then they won’t you know
climb on that or you could a fence around the perimeter as well. Next we’re gonna take a look at some more
crops they have growing in their containers in the back yard. Over here they’ve got
some parsley. Now parsley most people consider it an herb, I consider it a leafy green vegetable
and actually I’d come and harvest a bunch of this parsley and just chop it fine and
mix it in with some guacamole maybe some garlic and sprouted buckwheat and actually call that
a salad. In addition they’ve got some purple cauliflower here I always encourage you to
grow your foods of color besides cauliflower being white I’ve also seen green, purple
and even like cheese colored or cheddar cheese colored cauliflower so uh they all taste about
the same but they’re definitely cool to look at. I love visiting viewer’s houses, especially
when I find new plants that I was not aware about and can share them with you guys and
actually here’s one of them. I don’t know if you can see it on the camera there this
is dinosaur kale you may have known about dinosaur kale also known as lactosino kale
or snakeskin kale. Its probably one of the most nutrient dense kales out there cause
its just so dark leafy green. It has so much chlorophyll in it. But if you’re thinking
this doesn’t look exactly like dinosaur kale you’d be right, it looks a lot shinier
like they’re literally spraying something on it to make it maybe bug and insect repellant
but they’re not actually. This dinosaur kale is a special variety called shiny diny.
And the shiny diny dinosaur kale is actually shiny and actually a darker leaf than the
standard dinosaur kale so this ones really cool. I wanna definitely get some seed from
this and actually start growing it out. I’d like to grow shiny diny and regular diny or
regular dinosaur kale next to each other to show the comparison. Plus you know it would
look kinda cool as a visual element as well and it’d trip people out and I like doing
that. Another crop that they’re growing that I’ve
never seen before is this stuff right here its actually just called frizzy kale and this
stuff is actually quite frizzy. Now this is definitely cool and a novelty but I tend to
not to like frizzy leafy greens because there tends to be bugs that will get stuck in all
the frizzies. Luckily here they have a good program with some good soil and some good
natural controls and it actually doesn’t look like they have any bugs here. So in this
situation its not a problem but yeah frizzy kale definitely another good one you wanna
try and you know every different kale whether it’s a frizzy kale or a dinosaur kale or
a Russian kale or a white Siberian kale or a regular kale or a winter kale, they’re
all a bit different they all taste a bit different all have a different spectrum of nutrients
and they all have different growing conditions. The red Russian and the dinosaur kale are
two kales that I grow in the summer and also grow in the winter some of the other varieties
I find tend to bulk very fast especially in the summer time when it gets some heat so
those are definitely good to grow in the winter. And this one it looks like they’re just
starting them for the winter season here and so far so good. I’m always looking to glean and I don’t
mean glean in food in viewers gardens when I go, but I’m looking to glean information
and things that could help me and also you guys out there in YouTube land. And here’s
a very valuable thing you can do that’s super simple and super easy, and I’ve learned
from visiting the viewer’s garden today. And what they’re doing is they’re using
the standard blue tape, or this is blue painters tape and this is the easy release tape so
it doesn’t leave marks on your container. And they put some tape on here and this one
just simply says ‘Worms’ and this one says ‘Nightshade 2012’. This is a very
good way you can mark your black containers, cause its hard to you know write on your black
containers. Basically they put some tape on, they use an indelible marker to put ‘Worms’
and why worms? Well that means they took compost they made on sight with worms, and then took
the finished compost that had some baby worms and small worms and put it in the container
so they know when they’re digging through this, there maybe worms in this if they survived
and proliferate and they know that when they dig through here. And they’d be more careful
about that. In addition you could also use these tags to label your soil mixture. Say
in this one we’d used Sonoma compost, vermiculite, perlite and coconut core and then in another
one you could put the mixture that you’d used and every basically container you may
have a little bit different mixture and you’ll notice that certain containers do better than
others. Maybe this one has the azomite and that one doesn’t cause you’re trying all
these things that I’m teaching you guys out to see if it really works for yourself
or not. Now a lot of the things that I mention on my show, I mention for a reason cause you
know they do work and I’ve used them personally in my garden and I encourage you guys to use
them as well. Another thing they’re doing is you could actually label these with what
you had in it. So you could put Brussels sprouts in here now so you’re growing brassicas
in here, they put nightshade 2012 which means they grew a nightshade plant in here cause
maybe in 2013 they don’t wanna put nightshades in here cause they’re maybe you know diseases
in the soil from the previous year and so you could do basically rotation and crop rotation
by labeling it so you remember what was in there the year before so that’s definitely
a couple of valuable tips we can glean from this garden. One of the questions I got when I was here
was “John, how come my sugar snap peas aren’t doing so well?” and you know I took one
look a the plants and there’s some you know white powdery mildew on there and the plants
don’t look super vibrant and super healthy and you know basically my answer was well
in generally I don’t generally plant the sugar snap peas like late in the summer time
or I when its really hot outside cause they don’t necessarily like the heat too much.
What I normally do is I plant them in the fall or maybe starting in about a month or
so or even now maybe and get them established so that they’ll basically grow through and
very slowly into winter if you’re not having any freezes or major freezes. And then come
like February or march they’ll really start to take off in your garden and don’t forget
to put your trellis up now but once again that’s what I do and I always encourage
my viewers to try different things at different times of the year and see what works for you
and make note of it. Maybe even make a video about it to share with others in this way
you’ll become better as a gardener in what works in your specific situation and one again
in many situations. I’m just sharing with you guys what works for me in my situation. So I’ve saved the best for last and actually
the best is in this pot right here. This is a 15 gallon pot and there’s a little plant
tag and it says ‘J.Kohler Tree Collard’ so I never knew that I had tree collards named
after me and so what’s that they’re growing right here and when they got these tree collards
they weren’t actually looking super healthy but they’ve been totally revived and you
can see the growth here on the tree collards nice thin stem but then it just started spurting
out and now the stem gotten a lot thicker and this is actually some of the tree collard
starts that were picked up at the heirloom expo just a few months ago and man this has
much more substantial growth then the ones that I brought home that I didn’t sell and
that’s cause they’ve put this in a larger pot and fed it and watered it very well so
that’s definitely really cool. In addition, they’ve got some ‘J. Kohler Red Sorrel’
so some red veined sorrel or blood dock another plant that I Iove to grow, a perennial and
both these guys are perennials and you know a lot of the crops that are growing here are
annuals. But I definitely think that a move to growing more perennial crops is a smart
thing to do because that’s like the lazy man’s garden. The plants you can plant just
once, they continue to produce year after year like the tree collards or on the red
veined sorrel that’ll actually go to seed, drop seed and then you’ll have them come
up as weeds everywhere. So that’s definitely really smart and another technique that I
encourage you guys to use in your garden, so pretty much the day is at the end and I’ve
showed you most the things they’re doing here in this back yard hopefully this has
given you some ideas on what you can do in your backyard and especially if you have commitment
phobias like many of us do. Get some containers, sheet mulch, raise them up on pallets, put
drip irrigation system in, you can move them you can take them down you can build a raised
bed later if you desire or anything you want it really is that easy to grow some food and
they’re doing it here and you know how to do it too. Once again my name is John Kohler
with we’ll see you next time and remember keep on growing!

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  1. Riverdale270

    If we say this in each and every video, he might notice it and he might notice that a lot of us would like it a lot.Now it kinda feels like watching TV in the 90s. John, mate, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but your show would be ten times more awesome if we could see those tasty vegetables in 720p :-).

  2. faeriegardener84

    The nice thing about people like John is that they are so knowledgeable that they don't have to make a huge production out of things for us to enjoy their channel 🙂 What he does with his money is his buisiness and I will keep watching reguardless of the quality of the camera 😉

  3. edstar83

    Ive been watching John's video's for years. I dont see a problem with the sound or video quality some people are just never happy. Whinge Whine ****en Whinge. 😀

  4. PPointMom

    Can you please teach about crop rotation. What should not be planted close to other things and what should not be planted after other things.
    Thank you. I have learned sooo much.

  5. DC0014

    Crop rotation is usually done if the previous season crop had any disease. If you grow the same plant in that same spot it may have that disease again. It's not really a text book procedure.

  6. bookmarkthis

    He needs a decent mic set up even more than a better camera… that way he doesnt have to be yelling so much… which half the time we cant hear anyways… and until he gets a mic setup, at least only talk while facing the camera/mic…

  7. FeelGoodAllOver

    John, can you please tell us where we can get the shiny diney kale? I can't seem to find it anywhere online, and have tried many different spellings. If you sell the seeds one day please let us know. You should open up an ebay store… it'd be a huge hit!!!

  8. ThreeEyedTeddyBear

    You all (people who comment about low quality video) should all send him a buck and he could get a good one 😛 (insert John's paypal account here)

  9. jlbutters2

    I started watching your videos a month or so ago and I absolutely love them! They are entertaining and very informative. I live in an HOA in South Florida and I'm limited with the amount we can grow. We grow mostly on in containers on the patio and have been searching for a new home where we can plant much more. Thank you for all the great information and keep them coming :o)

  10. Sj Smith

    Are you sure it's catepillars? I have problems with earwigs (pincher bugs). They do damage mostly at night. I make a trap by putting a bit of vegetable oil in a container near the damaged plants. Strain the oil every few days to reuse it in the trap, until the bug population is in check. Toss the bugs in the pathways and the birds will eat them….. if it turns out you have earwigs instead of catepillars. Catepillars… use Bt.

  11. Sj Smith

    I've looked for red sorrel to plant, and when I heard you had it at the Expo I about jumped out of my seat for joy! I could kick myself for not being at the Heirloom show. Do you sell seeds or plants? I want to make a mass planting, since it is ornamental and edible.

  12. IntuitiveHeartHealer

    Your videos are FANTASTIC! You're my new best friend 🙂 New viewer, new grower, living in South Florida and just planted my first veggies indoors. We'll see how they go. Your video on sprouts were super helpful! I'm going to start that up next. Thanks! You're fantastic! And love some of your camera shots on this one, hilarious! Take it easy.

  13. claytoaj

    I have a small area, and rent. Consequently, I plant a little in the ground and do the rest in containers. The most prohibitive element I've found is the cost of the soil to fill all of the pots. I do compost, but again – pretty small area, so I have a smallish composter (and thusly limited output). And hey, if you're ever in the Dayton, Ohio area, I'd love to have you over and show you all of my small space / patio gardening! I have self-made rain barrels and I recycle a lot of materials.

  14. justgivemethetruth

    Yes, John you are a real inspiration !
    Containers are good because they are temporary, mobile and easy to modify.
    On the other hand, since I grew some tomatoes for the first time this summer, I have to say realized how much better plants do in the ground compared to containers. My tomatoes in the ground are easily 2 or 3 times the size of the one plants in containers.
    I also found that it is good to be able to move things around for more or less sun.

  15. Sandy K

    We purchased the shiny diney starts at Occidental Arts & Ecology Center in Occidental, CA. That's the only place I've seen it so far.

  16. Oceanfloats

    In the winter, overwinter your containers by adding good compost and covering it with leaves. That works for me here on the coast or Oregon. 🙂

  17. healingbyGod

    I live in northern california by highway 99. It gets very hot her in the summer. We get triple digit heat here. I have never had success with container gardening because the soil drys out to fast. I use peat moss, vermiculite and all the things that help with moisture. I have had no success! Any suggestions?

  18. yo mamma

    I've noticed with organic gardening or any farming in partucular there are two important things you must do: know your climate and know your neighbors. Odds are they have a gardening story or two. Grow what grows best in your area. I live in the NW and think potatoes, corn, carrots, zucchini (or any gourd really) are the sure thing for beginners in general. Corn is a different story.

  19. yo mamma

    Another important thing in the hot months around here is water use and conservation. It's easy to just pump n dump but with the airy and dry weather, careful maintenance is the catchword

  20. jukes243

    I don't garden, but John makes me want to. He is so knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. And, he's cute too. Wish he was my son. Just love him.

  21. Marianne Debrizzo

    Question? It's that time of year again, I need to start thinking of storing my flower bulbs for the winter. Question? What is the best way to store flower bulbs for the winter once they are removed from the ground ? Thanks for your info.

  22. leifcatt

    My Grandfather stored his flower bulbs (mainly Iris) in a burlap sack and put it in a dry dark corner of his basement. It was a cool area but never got below 50 degrees F. He did the same with his potatoes and onions.

  23. jade green

    I don't know if you are aware of the Royal Society & Solar Radiation Management, which involves reflecting sunlight back into space using metal nano particulates.  Our air is now saturated with aluminium oxide, strontium, barium and more toxins, these are released from aircraft which leave persistent contrails "Chemtrails" which turn the sky hazy & cloudy.  This material falls down increasing soil PH and reducing the ability of plants to grow, Monsanto a GMO corporation have made aluminium resistant seeds of all foods.  E coil, salmonella & other bacteria are also mixed into this spray.  Please watch David Lim's (from Reading uni) vid taken March 2013 on YouTube

  24. Sheds Direct

    Hi John! I'm really an avid fan of your educational video. It seems you keep inspiring people through advocating the significant aspects of gardening. Here you go again to give another valuable ideas and I truly appreciate it. Keep it up and more power! 

  25. Señor Cinco

    I've tried and and I… just can't do it.

    Three different videos and I can't get past the 30 second mark in any of them. This guy is too over the top. Too loud, too hyped and the tone of voice is too annoying. 

    I'm sorry, but I'd rather be hit in the face with a wire brush than sit through 5 minutes of… this 

  26. shams Ghanim

    Do we need to buy a BPA free plastic container?? Do you think that normal container might interact with the soil and compost and transfer to our food?? I want to start growing some organic produce but I live in a small apartment and the balcony is so small too. But I want to try to grow at least 2 types of veggies but I dont know how to start. Can you tell me what are the basics I need to purchase in order to grow heathy oeganic produce? Do I need products other than a compost? Like organic pesticides etc ??

  27. calvinfbrown

    with the amount of angles that will reduce the water pressure and volume by the time the plant has water what is the PSI for water pressure then?

  28. Brian B.

    John man I hope that by some chance you stumble upon my question here and help!! I am growing a bunch of hydroponic veggies and the leaves are getting burnt crispy on the outside only and not on the new growth! They seem to turn a dark purplish brown and slowly wilt and seem generally unhappy man. I need to k ow what I am doing wrong I am getting very discouraged by this!! I have all the recommended nutrients and I invested a lot of time and money and don't seem to get rewarding results. I'm hanging by a small thread of despair and really need help! What's causing the leaves to do this and why is the growth slow? I am using flora series nutrients in DWC with very expensive t5 lighting and co2 dispenser for the air and the temp of the water is kept to about 65-75 on average 70 degrees F. Any recommendations would be really a big do or don't for my future in gardening. 🙁

  29. Vicki Newby

    Good point about the pets digging. I have a crazy dog that likes to dig, too. But worse, are the squirrels. Everything I planted, first the squirrels, then the dog, would dig up. So, yeah, I'm using welded wire "hardware cloth" to keep squirrels out. Another idea I successfully used this season, was to use containers, lay landscaping fabric on top of the soil, and put tumbled stones, like pebbles, on top of the fabric. Either the stones were too hard for the squirrels to move, or they didn't recognize it as dirt, and have left those containers alone. For the coming season, after watching several of your videos, I will probably add layers of newspaper with hardwood bark mulch to some of my areas as well. Thank you for your videos and passion for gardening.

  30. theuglykwan

    Is grass really going to grow into the pots without the pot? I can't see them growing all the way through to the top of the pot.

    And damn, 6 Tatsoi! I'd eat that in 1-2 sittings as it is so tasty!

  31. Mary Jo Matey

    If Chlorine negatively affects the garden ,, it is NOT good for us either … city water is TOXIC !!! To all living things ,, including humans

  32. Meadow Apple

    I understand that cats hate Geraniums. So a few plants in your raised bed might keep them out. I heard that juicing Geraniums and spraying the area will keep the cats out.

  33. Jalam Sinh BHati

    [Link Here== is exactly what I have been searching for. The photos and text are inspiring, and what makes it that is due to their styles and other things involved. You can use it and decide how you want your landscape design should be.

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